A Chance For Moore
"I need you to teach me how to be gay."
Logan Moore is finally ready to come out of the closet. His days of playing football are far behind him, he has graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), and his bakery Moore Delicious is finally in the black. Although he spends more time talking to his cats than he does people, he technically has time for a social life now that he has hired two new employees. In short, Logan is completely out of excuses to stay in the closet, where it is warm and cozy and he never has to worry about how to dress, what to say, or who is watching. So he turns to his older brother's friend for guidance. And if that friend just happens to be his long-time crush and if one thing might lead to another...well, that would just be icing on the cake.
Chance Blevins is a math geek through-and-through, who is more than happy to spend his nights curled up with his dog Luna. With a few toxic relationships in his past, Chance contents himself with friends-with-benefits and fantasies involving his best friend's very straight soon-to-be brother-in-law, Logan. Because of a verbal slip the day they met and a teasingly-demanded vow of secrecy, he believes that Logan actually works for the C.I.A., making him even farther out of his league. When Logan comes to him for help with what he can only assume is a cover identity, he is more than happy to oblige.
The spy-confusion is soon cleared up (with much embarrassment by all involved) and the two men are ecstatic to discover their feelings are mutual, but several hurdles stand between them and Happily-Ever-After. Logan is still terrified of being out, Chance is convinced that theirs could only ever be a "starter relationship" for Logan, and a stalker is lashing out at Chance.
Carra's Quick Review
Friends to more is always a good bet for me, and A Chance for Moore did quite nicely. There's a bit of sweet, a chunk of angst and drama, and a touch of mystery with the stalker. I thought Logan and Chance were a great match.
I did get frustrated with Chance, his attitude at times was distinctly negative regarding his relationship with Logan-even with Logan's reassurances. But I kept giving him a pass on this since when the two of them were together, it was sweet and hot and I just knew they would end up together.
This one's an overall good read, if a bit exasperating at times. Of the three books in the series so far, this one's my favorite.
Love You Moore
Julian Moore is at loose ends after getting his Master's: he can't start his government cybersecurity job until he gets high-level clearance, his boyfriend and best friend are far away, and even his dojo closed down. All the sparkly, snarky white-hat hacker does these days is read M/M romance novels and hang out with his brothers' friends. Of course, that means bumping into that over-privileged, condescending jerk, Xander, at every freaking turn; the man would be completely insufferable if it wasn't for his sweet, hat-loving dog, Cassius.
When Xander discovers Julian is deeply depressed, his protective instincts kick in and he puts together a plan to help his friend's brother fight his way through the murky gloom. The first step? Move the brat into his condo! It seems like the perfect solution: he certainly has plenty of room, it gets Julian out of his parents' house, his boxer is head-over-paws in love with Julian, and someone has to keep their friend's pug from destroying all of Xander's left shoes.
From the day Julian moves in, his and Xander's lives fit seamlessly together and both men soon realize their initial attraction may have been stronger, and deeper, than they thought.
Carra's Quick Review
Xander and Julian are by far my favorite characters in this series. It was very easy for me to relate to Xander with his need for order, and Julian's sometimes over-the-top, campy personality was funny and the perfect complement to Xander's more straight-laced attitude. I thought it was sweet how their nicknames for each other (Iceman for Xander and Brat for Julian) went from being a way to annoy to terms of endearment.
I will admit, while I absolutely loved these guys as a couple, the story itself felt overly long with a lot of day-to-day details that honestly weren't really needed to tell Xander and Julian's story. It drew things out more than I thought was necessary, which made me a bit impatient at times as I was reading.
Even so, these two guys are truly entertaining and were wonderful together-regardless if they were sniping at each other or being super loving (they were so good at that part-emotionally and physically). I would however recommend that you wait to read the epilogue until after you read The Moore the Merrier-for me it felt like the next book would have fit better into the timeline that way
The Moore The Merrier
"Our family will always have room for a few more Moores."
The Moore family is growing exponentially this year! All three brothers are enjoying their Happily-Ever-Afters. Julian and Xander only have four weeks to plan their dream wedding and are waiting impatiently to welcome two homeless teens into their family. Amidst all the merriment, Chance discovers that he has siblings, and they need his help. He's forced to confront his past, but he won't have to face it alone.
Carra's Quick Review
The Moore the Merrier is told from quite a few viewpoints, which I thought was a great way to give extra depth to the story. Not only do we get things from all of our guys' points of view, we also get to hear from their pets. Is it wrong for me to say that the pets' points of view were my favorites? That added an absolutely adorable touch to the story, dog/cat stereotypes and all.
You may need to suspend some disbelief in this one regarding the process with the kids and the coincidence that comes up with them and some of the guys, but in the end this story will still make you smile with the sweetness.
The series as a whole has some really great characters who are charming, fun, quirky, goofy and just wonderful to read, balanced out by their more irritating qualities and relationship fumbles. Everything is for the most part lighthearted, and these books made for a fun break from the heavier stuff I've been reading about lately.
February 24 - Love Bytes
February 27 - Sarandipity
March 3 - Dog-Eared Daydreams, Bella's Blog, Alpha Book Club, Bayou Book Junkie, Abbey's 1-Click Book Blog, Book Lovers 4Ever, Making It Happen, TTR's Wicked Words Blog
Alex Miska is a certifiable math geek who spends her days (and nights) dreaming of quirky, sexily-intelligent men falling in love. She is a former math teacher to students with learning disabilities and disability advocate. Nestled in a small house in the woods, Alex is the doting parent of a preternaturally-happy, fluffy, white dog and his somewhat gloomy older brother, as well as the solicitous servant of two highly-opinionated Siamese cats.
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